The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1977, The Arizona Museum of Natural History has attracted Over 1 million visitors since 2000. The museum contains 60,000 objects of natural history, anthropology, history & art and 10,000 historic photographs.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History features the following galleries:
- Cenozoic Lobby: see animals dating from the Pliocene-Pleistocene Epochs, approximately 3 million years to 10,000 years ago.
- Origins: voyage through the timeline of the cosmos and discover major events in the history of planet Earth.
- Dinosaur Hall: See collections of dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex), Coelurosaur, Camarasaurus, Apatosaurus, Psittacosaurus, Triceratops and more.
- Dinosaur Mountain: See replicas of the great dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era. with Triassic Period represented at the bottom of the mountain, Jurassic age at the middle of the mountain and next above with animals at the Cretaceous Period and finally animals at Cenozoic Era, after the Age of the Dinosaurs. Also see a flash flood on the mountain, and watch volumes of water cascade down three stories approximately every 23 minutes!
- Arizona Through Time: Take a walk through time from the origins of the universe, the formation of rocks and minerals, to the origins of life, explore Paleozoic Seas, Mammal-like Reptiles, Triassic Petrified Forests and Wetlands, Cretaceous Seas, and First Flight.
- Southwest Gallery: information on the ancient cultures of central Arizona from the Paleoindian hunters who arrived around 13,500 years ago to the advanced irrigation systems of the Hohokam farmers that operated until A.D. 1450.
- Mesoamerica: displays artifacts of high cultures of Mexico and Central America which links to the ancient Native American civilizations of the Southwest, particularly the Hohokam.
- Fun with History: see displays of Spanish Arizona era and Territorial Arizona era; learn about Arizona's 5 Cs (Cotton, Cattle, Citrus, Copper and Climate); see displays of movie crops and posters as Arizona was a popular location for making movies.
- Exploration Station: hands-on activities for fun and creativity.
Minimum Time Needed
|Tues - Fri||10 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Sat||11 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Sun||1 - 5 p.m.|
|$8||Students 13+ with ID|
|free||Children ages 2 & younger|